Trump Declares Georgia Senate Races ‘Illegal and Invalid’

President Donald Trump has declared the Senate runoff elections in the state of Georgia both “illegal and invalid”.

He said this via a tweet on Friday; a statement that analysts believe could dissuade his followers from heading to the polls.

The results of the Jan. 5 vote will determine which party controls the Senate.

More than 3 million Georgians have already voted during the state’s early voting period.

Trump wrote on Twitter thread Friday night that the Georgia “consent decree” is “unconstitutional.”

He was referring to a bipartisan agreement forged by election officials in March that helped establish standards for judging valid signatures on absentee ballots.

Lawsuits challenging the decree on Trump’s behalf have failed.

“The Georgia Consent Decree is Unconstitutional & the State 2020 Presidential Election … is therefore both illegal and invalid, and that would include the two current Senatorial Elections,” Trump tweeted.

There was no immediate comment from Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue about their “invalid” races.

The president is scheduled to speak at a rally in support of them in Dalton, Georgia, on Monday.

President-elect Joe Biden is also expected in the state in support of the Democrats, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.

Axios co-founder Mike Allen told CNBC on Thursday that many Republicans believe Trump has been deliberately sabotaging the Georgia race.

“There’s a big strain of thought among Republicans that President Trump is sabotaging this race,” Allen said.

“He’s done so much to be unhelpful to those candidates. [Republicans] say he must be thinking: ‘I want to send a message. If I’m not on the ballot, Republicans are in trouble.’”

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